Saturday, September 13, 2014


Welcome to second Friday recipes. On the second Friday of each month, I'll ask an author friend to share a favorite recipe and a little about their writing.

This week we have Jennifer Hallmark and a family Borscht recipe...take it away Jennifer...

makes 8 servings

1 cup thinly sliced potatoes
2 cups thinly sliced beets
4 cups beef stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup chopped onions
2 teaspoons salt
1celery stalk, chopped
2 large carrot, sliced
1 1/2  cups coarsely chopped red cabbage
black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, for topping

1.Place sliced potatoes and beets in a medium saucepan over high heat; cover with stock, and boil until vegetables are tender. Remove potatoes and beets with a slotted spoon, and reserve stock.
2.Pour olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions and salt; cook until onions become soft and translucent. Then stir in celery, carrots, and cabbage. Mix in reserved stock; cook, covered, until all vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
3.Add potatoes and beets to the skillet. Season with black pepper. Stir in cider vinegar and honey. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer at least 30 minutes. Serve topped with sour cream, dill weed, or chopped fresh tomatoes.

Jennifer Hallmark: writer by nature, artist at heart, and daughter of God by His grace. She loves to read detective fiction from the Golden Age, watch movies like LOTR, and play with her two precious granddaughters. At times, she writes. Jennifer and her husband, Danny, have spent their married life in Alabama and have a basset hound, Max.
Sweet Freedom A La Mode

Blurb for Sweet Freedom A La Mode: For some, the fourth of July is a celebration of freedom; for others it is a reminder of bondage. Of pain. Of fear. Of hopelessness. But there is a hope that is deeper, a love that is truer, and a freedom that no one can ever snatch away.

How can one take a step toward that freedom when the road appears shrouded with insecurities and doubts? These pages contain numerous stories: a woman longing to start again but bound by the failures of her past; a young man who, upon reaching adulthood, must face his fears of death; a woman offered a chance of true love but held back by crippling insecurities.

Is God even there? Does He care…enough to reach down and pull these men and women from the messes they’ve landed in, some of them by their own hand?

Freedom. Peace-saturated, joy-infusing freedom.

We pray our stories demonstrate what it looks like in the day-to-day…and provide a little insight into how one grabs hold of that treasured state of heart and mind.

Friday, September 5, 2014


Welcome to getting to know you Friday. On the First Friday of every month we'll take the chance to get better acquainted. I'll share something about me and hope you'll do likewise.

Our topic this week is Secret Desires.

I come from a very talented family. My sister is the master of every hand craft on the planet. She paints, she cross stitches, she quills, and she made beautiful sand art when it was the rage many years ago. I guess she's done it all over the last 30 years. I can't find my way to the front door of Hobby Lobby without getting sidetracked to the nearest book store. More than the simplest Bible school crafts are pretty lost as far as my abilities are concerned.  No real loss, that was never my desire.

My mom and grandmother were tied for the title of best cook on the planet. There was always something special waiting when you walked into their kitchens. Now, I'm no slouch in this area. I have my way with cookies and my cinnamon rolls are legendary around here, but I'll never come close to measuring up to their standards.

The one talent I always wanted, and never came close to owning, is singing. There are some talented singers in my family. The attached video is from the talent show my daughter, Amber took part in while we were on our Alaskan cruise a few months ago. She can really belt it out!  She did not get her ability from me.

Oh, I can belt it a car...on a long myself...with the windows rolled up. But in public, my most requested song is "On A Hill Faraway"!Makes me glad that God said to make a joyful noise, because when I sing...that's pretty much all there is.

So share. What's the one thing you wish you could do that you just can't?

Friday, August 29, 2014


Welcome to our second wild card Friday post for August. Every forth (and fifth) Friday of the month, I've invited a fellow author to share something fun with us. This week Bonnie Calhoun steps up to share about her upcoming release: THUNDER (BOOK 1 OF THE STONE BRAIDE CHRONICLES)

First the book video:

Wow, that's pretty exciting!!

Bonnie has a free download for everyone. A prequel to the story, complete with the first chapter. (I've read it, it and now I need the rest of the story. Bonnie is making me wait until October...SAD FACE!!)

Bonnie S. Calhoun is owner of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, and Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was named ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.

She loves to write, but it doesn't make her happy unless there are the three B's...body count, blood, and blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. Bonnie lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though she'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. She shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she’s waitstaff!

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In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.

THUNDER Available October 7th.